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  • Jan 31st Battle of Gembloers (Gembloux); Dutch and English forces overcame the Spanish

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Feb 13th Tycho Brahe first sketches "Tychonic system" of solar system

Astronomer Tycho Brahe
Astronomer
Tycho Brahe

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Mar 10th Queen Elizabeth I of England gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • Apr 27th Duel of the Mignons claims the lives of two favorites of Henry III of France and two favorites of Henry I, Duke of Guise.
  • May 31st Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool's gold, used to pave streets in London.
  • Jun 11th England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize North America
  • Jul 2nd Martin Frobisher sights Baffin Island.
  • Aug 2nd Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsberg forces defeated by Dutch troops (Eighty Years' War)
  • Aug 4th Battle of Alcazarquivir, Moroccans defeat Portuguese, 10,000 killed
  • Aug 13th Duke Frans of Anjou recognized as protector of Netherlands
  • Oct 10th Count Johan Casimir occupies Ghent with 500 horsemen